31.8.10

Preppy on the rocks

After trying on a gorgeous blazer at work I suddenly realized I sort of like the whole preppy blazer + pretty dress + flats look. It’s such a typical rich studentgirl look and me being somewhat bohemien/alternative and not rich at all, I never really felt like trying the look. But I’m an impulsive girl, and something clicked in my head et voila, I brushed the dust off some old blazer I had lying around and wore it with this schoolgirl slash retro tennis outfit dress I absolutely love but don’t wear often enough. To give it a bit of “me”, I put on my alltime favorite non-heeled shoes and my leopard scarf and I ended up with something the lovechild of a rich prepster turned groupie and a rockstar would wear.
 blazer: pimkie
dress: zara
scarf, socks: h&m
boots: texto
watch: asos


It sounds more over the top than it actually is: I really love these colors together and any outfit I pair with these perfect boots is a favorite in my mind. I love them this much because they aren’t as wide around the ankle as most “tough” ankle boots are, as the wider ones always make my legs look like short sticks. And I love the metal details. Not over the top, just perfect. I’ll cry when these boots get so beat up I can’t wear them anymore, that’s how much I love them.
My gold oversized watch seemed like the perfect accessory to the look, and the entire thing is another version of me trying to look richer than I actually am. Having that goal in the back of my mind is THE best way to get dressed and end up looking classy.
Ok, that’s it! Last day at work starts in a few hours and then I’m going to sort out my new year at campus! Thanks for all the sweet comments, darlings!

30.8.10

Obsessively opposed to the typical

Only two days of work left! And right now, the temperature has dropped to 14° celsius. IT’S EFFING AUGUST PEOPLE
weathergods I hate u
I won’t be able to hold off the tights much longer. So this is me in socks, some cut off leggings. I cut them off as high as possible and sowed up the ankle hole, et voila: thigh high socks. They stay up pretty well and are very very warm! Now I’m off to work, laterz!

 dress, jacket: h&m
socks: DIY
shoes: new look

29.8.10

Smells like teen spirit

 dress, headband: H&M
shoes: Pimkie
belt: vintage


I decided to take my own transitional dressing advice and wear a floral headpiece with my autumn-appropriate plaid and lace up boots. The typical fall colors look so pretty in the afternoon lighting and they look great with my fading suntan. The dress is one of my very favorite pieces. It’s flannel, so very soft and warm, and I love the green plaid. I love how rich the green looks with the brown belt. It always strikes me that some of the very nicest color combinations are those we find in nature. Autumnal fashion always comes with reds, oranges, browns, greens and mustards and that is exactly what nature looks like in fall. These colors were meant to be worn together. The boots are some of my alltime favorites too. They have a super high heel, but the ball of the foot is cushioned and the heel is quite thick, so they are still incredibly comfortable for their height. And I love how perfect the slightly rounded but still pointy nose is and how the lace up part makes your ankles and feet look so dainty and elegant. They make my legs look so long!
The headband is the powder pink version of the red base headband I used for my flower crown DIY and I love how it looks with my fall look. I fully intend to wear it with a lot of my winter outfits, I imagine it looking stunning with my heavy, dark coats.
I’m going to try and use more of my transitional dressing advices in the next few weeks, as autumn really has begun here. Our temperatures reach a mere 17°celsius today, which is really not even slightly summery anymore. Oh well. I’ll just have to break out socks and tights again, and I don’t really mind that so much but I will miss bare legs and simpler dressing. Nothing really beats the sun warming the ground beneath your bare feet and you wearing nothing but a light sundress in some summery print. But there will always be next year!

PANTS

Hell froze over. Pigs fly. I'm into pants again.

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Aaaaah. Shorts. Shorts I can handle. Trousers are scary, but their rigid, masculine sharpness is pulling me in. Blame fall!

28.8.10

Florals and stripes and everything nice

 top, skirt, scarf: pimkie
shoes: sac d'anvers



Meet my new skirt! A few weeks ago I suddenly realized I have a total lack of perfect floral skirts in my wardrobe, so when I encountered this one at my summer job it had to come home with me. I wanted to add something more to the mix, so I wore it with my striped top and nautical wedges, and jazzed the ensemble up with a pink scarf. You like? I do, it feels happy and girly and like something Carrie Bradshaw or some cute Parisienne would wear.

I'm contemplating buying a Canon EOS 1000D. Do you guys think I need a better, more professional camera? Would it improve my pictures immensely? I'm using a Samsung ES17 right now, one of those small, light digital point and shot cameras. I quite like it, but the quality could be a lot better if I could choose my focus when self timing, for instance. And those Canon EOS 1000Ds are really quite cheap if you buy one on Ebay secondhand! So what's the verdict, should I get one? Why should I or why shouldn't I?

It's hellacold out here by the way. Autumn has definitely begun. I have to break out the tights again and I'm wearing thick socks and boots at this very moment. I even have a blanket covering my legs. So depressing. But the weather was very nice today: a lot of wind, just a tiny bit of rain and a lot of sun. Perfect to go for a walk and let the wind clear your mind. If our entire autumnal season is like this, I don't think I mind it that much. I'll just bundle up in layers and have rosy cheeks and tousled hair, I can live with that!

27.8.10

Fashion Dot Dot Dot

 dress, jacket: h&m
shoes: don't remember

This is one of my new H&M dresses! I fell in love with it at sight, when I saw one of our chictopians wearing it. I don’t remember her chictopia nickname, but she has a blog and I just discovered she’s dutch too! And very cute to boot!
I wanted to wear this dress with red because black/white polkadots + very bright red just seems to click in my head, and these shoes are some of my alltime faves. I don’t wear them as often anymore because they are quite old and they are sort of broken at the straps, but I fully intend to fix them up. Sorry for the uninspired photography and poses, I’m pretty dead because of the depressing weather and my summer job. Just three more days of work and I’m off the hook until my new year at Uni starts! I can’t wait actually, I love studying. I’m such a dork.
And I really really have to recommend this dress to anyone who lives nearby a cool H&M. They are supercomfy, superflattering and they come in different prints!

26.8.10

Under my umbrella ella ella

Cheesiest blogtitle ever?
I just won the payless shoe contest!!! I’m so terribly excited, thanks so much whoever picked the winner! This definitely kickstarts my day at work!
And I’m also very excited about the contributing editor thingy, I really really really want to be a contributing editor to chictopia. Would be great for experience and my resumé!


  blouse, H&M
skirt, hat: pimkie
shoes: zara
umbrella: my mom's



Don't have time to talk now! gotta catch a bus!

25.8.10

DIY: the long awaited floral headband


FINALLY!!! Finally I get around to posting this DIY of mine. And FINALLY I have a floral headband of my own! Where did you guys find yours? It is seriously so hard to find pretty floral headbands anywhere. Then I set my mind on buying some supplies to make my own, but it turned out to be just as hard a quest to find silk flowers anywhere nowadays! I’m still on the lookout though, as I want a more subtle version of the one I’m wearing here. More appropriate for every day wear. My boyfriend and I were getting ready to go out, and he asked me “you’re not going to wear THAT, are you?” so to spare him, I ended up taking the headband off because yes, maybe it was a bit much for grocery shopping. So I need a more subtle one for running my errands!

Ok, for the DIY: I warned you several times beforehand that it really is the cheat’s DIY, not much DIY to do at all! So this oner’s for all the lazy people out there.


All you have to BUY:

headbands with flower appliqué, as realistic as possible. You’ll have to see for yourself how many headbands you’ll need as it depends on how large the flower appliqué is. I chose to get 3 of the H&M flower headbands I used.

This is one of them, virginal and untouched. Next to it, you see a bit of the flower appliqué I took off the other headbands. Which brings me to the start of the real DIY:


All you have to DO:


- take a good look at how the flowers are attached to the headband. Usually they are glued on, and usually it is pretty easy to just pull the flower off the headband without damaging it. If the glue is too sticky, use scissors to seperate headband from glue, but refrain from cutting into the base flower as it may damage it. My headbands had this small piece of felt that fastened the flowers to the headband through a small loop you could slide off of the headband using little force.

If you’d want your floral headband to be versatile, you could always create these loops yourself and attach them to the flowers so you’d be able to put them on and take them off of the headband whenever you wanted. The loop basically consists of a round piece of fabric that has to slits cut into it which creates a hole if you lift up the piece of fabric in between the slits, easy enough to make yourself and glue onto the flowers!

- separate flowers from headbands (except for the flowers on the headband you’ll use as your base)

- attach flowers from additional headbands to base headband using glue/felt loop/needle and thread


et voila!


My headband cost me 7.50 euro, which I think is pretty cheap. I only used three H&M headbands as they all had quite a lot of flower appliqué, and I made a very full crown. You could also make a crown with smaller flowers or make it less full, it’s all up to you! Also, my headband doesn’t go all the way around, it’s more like a floral tiara. But I prefer it that way as I’m not a fan of the poof of hair that is created by a headband that goes all the way around your head. I wear it tilted slightly towards my forehead to create the headband effect. If you prefer a “real” headband you could always take off all the flowers and glue/sew them on to the ribbon and tie the ribbon around your head. The flowers on my headband would be quite easy to make yourself actually if you had the time and some suitable fabric. They consist of layers of thin flowers piled on top of each other and fastened in the “heart” of the flower. You could just cut out lots of flowers out of some very thin fabric and pile them on top of each other to create the same effect, and glue them on some basic headband or ribbon you have lying around there!

Tell me what you think of my first DIY and what you’d like to see differently! And be sure to show me your own results!

And here's some extra pics of me skipping about, basically looking drunk or like an undead zombie bride.
headband: DIY H&M
dress: pimkie
bare feet: model's own

24.8.10

My heart is beating like a jungle drum

Only 5 days of work left at my summer job and then I’m alllllll yours again, haha
I love everything about this look: the tribal pink strapless dress, the crisp white vest, the brown accessories and my weird necklace. Heart! The entire outfit makes me think of something I would wear on some dream trip to the middle east, browsing small markets, haggling down prices, eating foreign food without getting food poisoning (told you it's a DREAM trip), patting some camel on the head without having your hands smell of animal the entire week (once again, dream trip)... I'd seduce some Indiana Jones type in this outfit and discover treasures with him, kicking up sand and cracking my whip at some scorpions, eating a monkey's brains... Ok no, wrong movie! Anyway you get the idea.

I bought some nice stuff at Pimkie (the shop I work at) today. Like I told you a while ago, they have this gorgeous collection of nautical and floral stuff which are like, my favorite things, so I bought an amazing double brested coat with nautical details, a floral dress (yes, another one!) and the perfect little floral skirt. Will show you guys one of these days. The coat looks soooo much more expensive than it is and I can't wait to wear it with all my dresses come winter.


And I’m posting my floral headband DIY tomorrow!

 dress, vest, necklace: pimkie
belt: vintage
shoes: new look

23.8.10

I am not a robot

It is raining cats and dogs outside, and in a few minutes I have to go out to take the bus to work. FML.
 bustiertop: pimkie
shorts, hat: h&m
shoes: texto


Hope you like the outfit! One of my pin-up Katy Perry type looks.

Oh and I'm totally into Marina and the Diamonds.
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